If I had to give it a theme, November has definitely been the month of making. Above is a sneak peek of some of the elements for my work window competition...who can guess what they are?
I've been getting on with lots of Christmas themed makes - I've been doing everything in the order it's going to be required, which was a smart idea but means I've left a Tam sized jumper until last and...he's a giant and I'm dangerously close to becoming burnt out. I think a dedicated day off for knitting is called for soon. Even my reading has been put on the back burner lately. I only finished two books in November, although both were really good (The Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley and The Shadow Year by Hannah Richell), but I can't seem to get into anything new right now. I got a book about Bletchley Park from the library after seeing The Imitation Game a couple of weeks ago and I'm enjoying reading a bit every night (and looking at the pictures of course, which makes the words a bit easier to digest!)
I never buy candles but I took a sudden notion to have my room smelling like Christmas. I'm really in the spirit early this year! These tea lights were a great find in Sainsbury's after IKEA failed to turn up the goods - they smell delicious and were a third off, I've had a few burning every night when I'm knitting.
The fair turned up this amazing jam - raspberry is my favourite and the flavour of this one is perfect. There was lots of posing going on elsewhere - Sarah and I were being all blogger-y with our hot drinks in Dundee and I got dressed in a hurry for work one day (ahem, every day) and realised when I got there that I was killing it with this outfit. Comfy and cute, my favourite combination. (Jumper is Long Tall Sally, skirt is M&S via charity shop and shoes are Converse.)
I got six packs of loom bands for one whole pound in Poundland last week - purely because I wanted to see if I could make anything crocheting around them, or doing something yarn-y anyway. It was mildly successful, although I want to play about a bit more. It was just by chance that I noticed they would make good stitch markers - much cheaper than real ones anyway! (This is my progress on Tam's jumper so far...it's not looking great is it?!)
I stayed at Mother's this weekend, which means lots of couch sitting and eating junk. I didn't actually go overboard on the sugary stuff but I did scoff a bunch of savoury snacks, including most of that drum of crisps (deceptively less than appears though, since they were inside a bag inside the box) and some Tiger nuts. Yum. Oh and most of that Ben and Jerry's ice cream - I'm so glad they finally put the mint into tubs instead of just having it in the scoop shops, it's one of my favourite flavours.
And finally, here's some awesomeness I found around the internet this week.
Janet published this great post on how to have a conscious Christmas. I definitely have a tiny voice in my head that stops me buying too much 'stuff' as presents and has me focus on the more meaningful gifts, but I'm also guilty of using Amazon out of convenience a bit too often.
Andrea is also shunning consumerism and has come up with a fun list of things to do over the holiday season. (I'm also going to see It's a Wonderful Life at the cinema and I'm so excited already, it's one of my favourite traditions!)
Jenny has been killing it with interesting, crafty posts lately, but I'm especially glad she took the plunge and learned circular knitting - I was also hesitant to learn, worrying it would be too difficult to pick up, but it's made everything so much quicker and I'm hooked now!
Julie made this gorgeous, neon stripe knitted blanket. It's definitely going on my post-Christmas knitting list, I love the mixture of neutral and bright colours.
Has anyone heard the song Billy Boyd wrote for the final Hobbit movie? I'm not really a fan of this trilogy but the music is just beautiful.